Originally Posted By: "wyclef "

Cool. I'm not gonna discharge the CRT. I'll just power down and leave it unplugged for 24 hours. I also need to replace the HD but that's on the same part as the optical drive so it should be good. If the machine is unplugged for awhile shouldn't the charge dissipate?

after only 24hrs the crt will still have loads of current sitting in it.  enough to kill or seriously mess you up at least.  a crt has to be unplugged for at least a couple months before it will totally lose its built up current.

its doesn't seem like you really know whats up (no offense) so you shouldn't go poking around inside.  you need to put this project on hold and do a bunch os research.
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